Another Rasmussen poll
of the West Virginia Senate race has Republican businessman John Raese extending his lead over Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, in the race for the Senate seat that was held for over 50 years by Democrat Robert Byrd.
The numbers: Raese 50%, Manchin 44%. The survey of likely voters
has a Â±4% margin of error
. In the previous Rasmussen poll from last week, Raese had just taken a narrow edge of 48%-46%.
Polls have consistently shown that Manchin is very popular, and few would question the idea that he is the best candidate the Democrats could have recruited for the race. However, President Obama remains highly unpopular in this state, Republicans are clearly capitalizing on this very effectively.
The TPM Poll Average
gives Raese a lead of 49.4%-43.4%.